Ten Terrific Ways To Eat Hemp!

Incorporating hempseeds and hempseed oil into the diet is an excellent way to get nutrients and Omega fatty acids needed by the body. They are a healthy and flavorful addition to any meal (or eaten on their own).

Below are some fresh ideas for eating hempseeds and hempseed oil:

1. Raw out of the bag – Hempseeds have a mild, nutty flavor, similar in taste to walnuts or sesame seeds. 2-5 tablespoons a day are the average amounts of servings.

2. Sprinkled on salads – I sprinkle a couple spoons of hempseeds on top my salad instead of croutons. They add a nice, fresh flavor without the extra carbs. They are also a wonderful addition to Tabbouleh.

3. Mixed with nuts – Hempseeds can be mixed with other nuts and seeds for a delicious snack, such as trail mix.

4. Blended into a smoothie – Fresh fruit/veggie smoothies get an extra boost of healthy nutrients when hempseeds are added. Try fresh/dried fruits, almond milk, hempseeds or hemp protein powder and some carrots and greens.

5. Salad dressing – Hempseed oil is an excellent salad dressing base. It is green in color and has a light, nutty flavor. I use it for vinaigrettes – hempseed oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, spices, and a bit of spicy dijon mustard. (Hempseed oil must be kept refrigerated because it will go rancid quickly.)

6. Mixed with tuna or veggies – I will sometimes mix up tuna with fresh veggies and add a light mayo and hempseeds, stuffed into pita bread or placed over a bed of fresh romaine lettuce.

7. Sprinkled on soup – It is best to eat hempseeds fresh and not subject them to high heat; however, I will sometimes sprinkle them over the top of my bowl of soup or stew before eating.

8. Sprinkled over pasta or casseroles – I add hempseeds or a little hempseed oil to my mild pasta dishes, they add a nice flavor without being overpowering.

9. Dips – Hempseeds are delicious blended into dips with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), herbs, spices, or any other nutritious base.

10. Ice cream – Almonds, peanuts, and walnuts all go well with ice cream – why not hempseeds? (For a healthy ice cream alternative, try a flavored hemp ice cream with hempseeds sprinkled on top!)

There are countless ways to use hempseeds and hempseed oil, all it takes it a bit of creativity!